It has a major influence all along the Mediterranean coast of France, and often causes sudden storms in the Mediterranean between Corsica and the Balearic Islands. The name mistral comes from the Languedoc dialect of the Occitan and means "masterly". The mistral is usually accompanied by clear, fresh weather, and it plays an important role in creating the climate of Provence. The mistral usually blows in winter or spring, though it occurs in all seasons. It sometimes lasts only one or two days, frequently lasts several days, and sometimes lasts more than a week.
The mistral takes place each time there is an anticyclone , or area of high pressure, in the Bay of Biscay , and an area of low pressure around the Gulf of Genoa.
When this happens, the flow of air between the high and low pressure areas draws in a current of cold air from the north which accelerates through the lower elevations between the foothills of the Alps and the Cevennes. The conditions for a mistral are even more favorable when a cold rainy front has crossed France from the northwest to the southeast as far as the Mediterranean. This cold, dry wind usually causes a period of cloudless skies and luminous sunshine, which gives the mistral its reputation for making the sky especially clear.
There is also, however, the mistral noir, which brings clouds and rain. The mistral noir occurs when the Azores High is extended and draws in unusually moist air from the northwest. The mistral is very strong at the summit of Mont Ventoux , meters in elevation, though the plain below is very wide.
Other contributing factors to the strength of the mistral are the accumulation of masses of cold air, whose volume is greater, pouring down the mountains and valleys to the lower elevations.
This is similar to a foehn wind, but unlike a foehn wind the descent in altitude does not significantly warm the mistral. The causes and characteristics of the mistral are very similar to those of the Tramontane , another wind of the French Mediterranean region. Frequently, the mistral will affect only one part of the region. In the Languedoc area, where the tramontane is the strongest wind, the mistral and the tramontane blow together onto the Gulf of Lion and the northwest of the western Mediterranean, and can be felt to the east of the Balearic Islands , in Sardinia , and sometimes as far as the coast of Africa.
The good weather is confined to the coast of the Mediterranean, while it can rain in the interior. This type of mistral usually blows for no more than one to three days.
The mistral originating from the northeast has a very different character; it is felt only in the west of Provence and as far as Montpellier, with the wind coming from either a northerly or north-northeasterly direction.
In the winter this is by far the coldest form of the mistral. After that first encounter with Mistral team, I had a pleasure attending several events they organized like Viber team presentation, meetups and even took my nephew Joel who is 9 to a Game night. He plans on working for Mistral when he grows up! It definitely feels like going home every time I work with or visit Mistral!
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If you get a legitimate praise from a colleague or a client, it will get broadcasted on a dedicated in-house channel called Star Track for everyone to see. To reject the flares ejected from the rear of the targeted aircraft, proportional navigation using a gyro as a reference is adopted for Mistral, instead of the pursuit method in earlier IR-guided MANPADS.
On the launcher, the missile runs up the gyro in 2 seconds, and total reaction time is 5 seconds. A close-in weapon system based on Mistral is a six-missile version called Sadral , with a stabilized rapid-reload launcher that is fully automated. Image produced by both directors appear on the screen in the operator console below deck, and the missiles are locked onto the target before being launched.
A two-missile unit installed on ships is called Simbad , and a newly launched four-missile version is called Tetral. An evolution of the Simbad is now proposed: Simbad RC. Both Tetral and Simbad RC are remote controlled from the ship's deck while the original Simbad is manually operated with a simple optical sight.
On 26 September DCNS at the company's Le Mourillon plant announced plans to design and build a submarine canister-based air defence weapon based on the Mistral.
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